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Breathing in air pollution can lead to toxic particles entering the brain -- and not just through the nose. New research suggests they have a direct pathway through the bloodstream, potentially contributing to brain disorders and neurological damage.

"There are gaps in our knowledge around the harmful...

After decades where millions of Americans who were at risk for cardiovascular trouble were told a daily low-dose aspirin would guard against strokes and heart attacks, new guidelines issued this spring recommend that the strategy is not worth the bleeding risks in those over 60.

That's been plenty confusing for patients who aren't sure what is the safest course forward.

Diane Manzel...

TUESDAY, June 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of people pop vitamins and supplements every day in hopes of staving off heart disease and cancer, but a new report finds the evidence to support that strategy is largely lacking.

While there is some research showing that a daily multi...

Danny Saxon was finishing a job repairing and cleaning a pool this past February when he started feeling like he had bad indigestion.

He popped a couple antacid pills and chugged a few bottles of water. He tried to make himself burp, hoping that would alleviate the pressure.

Minutes later, both his arms started tingling, almost vibrating, like all the muscles in his arms were tighte...

Heartache and heartbreak are apt terms for the intense grief caused by losing a spouse.

A new study says such a loss can lead to major health problems and even death, and the paper may help explain why that happens.

When faced with stressful situations, grieving spouses have significant increases in

In honor of Father's Day, here's a health quiz:

  • If asked whether you just got a haircut, have you ever said, "No, I got them all cut."
  • If your son said, "I'm hungry!" Would you reply, "Hello, Hungry – I'm Dad."
  • If your daughter asked you to make her a milkshake, would you tell her, "Poof! You're a milkshake."

If you answered yes to any of those, you've c...

LGBTQ people may celebrate as one during Pride Month. But when the topic is health, experts say it's crucial to acknowledge differences.

Too often, LGBTQ people are considered one entity, "as if they all have the same issues, all have the same needs," said Dr. Carl Streed Jr., assistant professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. "But that is not at all the case."

Terita Grier has struggled with obesity her whole life. She also has diabetes and high blood pressure, two leading risk factors for heart disease. Her dad died of a massive heart attack a month before she got married in her mid-20s. As she approached 50, Grier had a heart stress test.

The doctor didn't detect any problems.

Fast forward three months. Grier began coughing, wheezing an...

You've spent the past couple of years staying fit and healthy despite the unusual circumstances of mostly staying home.

Now you're packing the car for a well-deserved summer road trip, fraught with fast food, convenience stores and hours of sitting around with unhealthy snacks within arm's reach.

Can you keep up the good work? You can, experts say – if you plan.

"The idea is...

Elizabeth Gilberg recently picked up a few new skills.

At 50, she's learned to knit and is relearning how to quilt. She took lessons in cross-country skiing and tried her hand at beekeeping. Bike riding didn't go so well, but she's game to keep trying.

Like many women whose children have grown, Gilberg, a mother of four, now has more time for herself. The difference is, she wasn't s...

Move over baby carrots and petite peas. Even tinier vegetables are catching on as go-to healthy foods.

Microscale vegetables, a growing food category that includes sprouted seeds, are miniature in size yet big in nutrition. Eating sprouts well before they become full-blown plants can crank up certain nutrient levels considerably, said Emily Ho, nutrition professor and director of the Linu...

Brian Kennedy was living his dream.

A piano prodigy, he moved from his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, to Los Angeles in 2003, when he was 20. He started out as a musician for hire, playing a handful of instruments and composing on his own. Then, in 2009, "everything finally started happening," he said.

Kennedy earned Grammy awards for his writing and production contribution to J...

A new study of a leading cause of heart attacks in pregnant and postpartum women offers insights on when the problem strikes, how it has been treated and how survivors might weigh the risks of becoming pregnant again.

The condition – pregnancy-associated spontaneous coronary artery dissection, or P-SCAD – was until recently considered too rare to study. Using European SCAD registry da...

FRIDAY, June 3, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- If you're taller than average, your genes may affect your risk for a variety of diseases, a new study suggests.

These include a higher risk for the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation and varicose veins, but a lower risk of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Other investigators have reported <...

Gender gaps in blood pressure, physical activity and smoking have widened among young adults in the United States, new research finds, suggesting that prevention approaches should be carefully tailored to help people achieve ideal lifelong cardiovascular health.

Overall heart health stayed about the same among more than 10,000 people ages 20 to 39 from 2007 to 2018, and women had better o...

Buckled into the driver's seat, on his way to a Dallas hospital, Tyler Morgan put his phone's video camera into selfie mode and hit record.

Peeking his reddened eyes toward the lens, he started talking.

"So, my, my son almost … just … drowned. Or he did drown. He almost just died."

The Morgans were at a social gathering when 2-year-old Beckham saw a foam noodle floating in...

Racial disparities in health outcomes persist in the United States, with Black and Hispanic Americans more likely to die within a month after a bleeding stroke than white Americans, a new study shows.

"We've known that there are disparities in death from stroke among racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. due to

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  • Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, FBI data shows that people of Asian descent increasingly have been targets of racially motivated attacks.

    "Hate crimes have spilled over to affect the community in dramatic ways. People feel scapegoated and blamed for the pandemic," said Dr. Howard Kyongju Koh, the Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership at Harvard...

    It's tempting to binge-watch TV shows, and it might be hard to get off the couch after just one or two episodes.

    But it could be worth it.

    Researchers calculated that if people committed to watching just under an hour of TV a day, 11% of coronary heart disease cases could be eliminated.


    A year after being hospitalized with COVID-19, more than 12% of patients had been diagnosed with heart inflammation, according to a new study of the long-term effects of the virus.

    For the study, researchers in Scotland followed 159 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 between May 2020 a...

    Doctors need to be aware that prostate cancer raises a man's risk of serious and potentially deadly blood clots by about 50%, researchers say.

    All cancer patients are at increased risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE), a dangerous but treatable blood clot in the veins that is a leading cause of death in cancer patient...

    Congenital heart defects may be much more common among children of women with heart defects than of men with heart defects, according to new research.

    Smaller studies had already reported a higher offspring risk for mothers with congenital heart defects, or CHDs. But researchers wanted to confirm those findings in a larger population and also delve into specific cardiac defects.


    Lisa Abbott scrolled through the online auction offerings of the American Alpine Club's fundraiser. As a rock climber, ice climber, scuba diver and marathon runner, she enjoyed daydreaming about the various trips up for grabs.

    One offering stood out: a guided two-week trek through the Khumbu Valley in Nepal to the base camp of Mount Everest.

    As senior vice president of human resourc...

    Knowing your blood pressure is a basic part of good health. But monitoring it at home can get complicated.

    "It sounds easy -- you buy a device, smack the cuff on your upper arm and push a button, right? It's not so easy," said Dr. Daichi Shimbo, co-director of the Columbia Hypertension Center in New York.

    High blood pressure is a common condition in adults that's associated with "re...

    The anti-inflammatory benefits of a common gout medicine may help save the lives of heart failure patients, researchers say.

    The medication, colchicine, could also reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients whose arteries are clogged with cholesterol, according to t...

    Just a few days after Dottie Lewis and her husband, Wayne, returned from vacation to their home in Plymouth, Massachusetts, she started feeling poorly.

    This was 2019, a year before COVID-19 shut down travel and before face masks on planes. Dottie often caught a bug while flying. She figured it had happened again.

    Dottie was looking forward to feeling better so she could rejoin her g...

    Dementia risk factors appear to shift with age, and experts say knowing that could help people make lifestyle changes to reduce their chances of developing the disease.

    "Dementia is a complicated disease and risk prediction scores need to b...

    The rate of pregnancy-related high blood pressure disorders doubled in the U.S. between 2007 and 2019, according to new research that finds 1 in 5 births now results in such a disorder, a preterm delivery or a baby with low birth weight.

    The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, fills in important details about women's heart health during a crucial p...

    If you have asthma or allergies, you may be more likely to develop heart disease, and some medications may increase or lower that risk, a new review of clinical trials and lab research shows.

    "Many people think of asthma as a disease of the lungs, but there's an important link between asthma and cardiovascular diseases, such as coronary heart diseases, [high blood pressure] and more," sai...

    Six months after Rachel and Levi Strauss married on the coldest Valentine's Day in Detroit history, they learned they were going to have a baby.

    At their home in Houston, Levi helped satisfy Rachel's cravings for milkshakes, chips and queso, and mega-stuffed cookies.

    At Rachel's 20-week anatomy scan, the couple held hands and smiled as the technician pointed out their son's 10 tiny ...

    Stroke hospitalizations for younger adults -- along with the cardiovascular risk factors associated with them -- have risen since 2007, preliminary new research shows. But the chances of people under age 45 dying from a stroke in the hospital have dropped.

    The increase in hospitalizations was higher for women and for white and Hispanic adults, according to the findings presented recently ...

    Justin Ballard of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, stared at the photos in disbelief.

    "Do I really look that big?" he thought.

    The pictures came from a joyous occasion -- Christmas Day 2019, when Kelsey, the oldest of his three children, had gotten engaged.

    The couple set a wedding date in October 2021. Justin vowed to be in much better shape by then.

    At 6 feet tall, he often to...

    Black or Hispanic adults who experience a witnessed cardiac arrest outside the hospital are substantially less likely than their white peers to receive lifesaving care from a bystander, preliminary new research shows.

    CPR was least likely for Black and Hispanic adults in a less personal setting, such as on the street or in a public transportation center, according to findings presented Fr...

    College athletes who contract COVID-19 and return to playing sports have a low risk of developing life-threatening heart problems, according to new research that suggests stringent cardiac testing isn't necessary.

    The research, published Thursday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, followed up on a related 2021 study that searched for heart complications among athletes ...

    To celebrate her 50th birthday, Victoria Shepherd was pulling out all the stops.

    She was in her 30th year as a freelance director in Toronto, so the party would begin at her latest play. Her friends would take in a closing week performance of "The Glass Menagerie" by her favorite playwright, Tennessee Williams.

    Next, the party would move to her home. As guests enjoyed a multi-layer ...

    High blood pressure complications during pregnancy can be scary, but a new study warns they also significantly raise a woman's risk for heart disease later in life.

    "Women with a history of gestational hypertension or

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  • Having a baby, especially a first child, is loaded with expectations. But in addition to joyfulness, many women may experience something else they may not want to discuss: anxiety and depression.

    Though up to half of new mothers experience at least minor depressive symptoms, experts say the condition still frequently goes undiagnosed and untreated, increasing the risk for heart and other ...

    With summer comes warm weather and swimming. But for some people, knowing how to swim may not be enough to ensure their safety.

    That's because certain medical conditions bump up the risk for drowning in a big way, according to a new Canadian study.

    About one in three adults and children over age 10 who drowned in Canada between 2007 and 2016 had a chronic health condition, the stud...

    Over five decades in nursing, Marilyn Rantz has done it all. She's gone from working one-on-one with patients and serving as an administrator to spending the last 30 years working as a professor and researcher. She's quite the grant writer, too, having generated more than $100 million for the University of Missouri.

    Much of her work has centered around helping older people to live indepen...

    Julie Stillman was 55 years old when a blood vessel in her brain suddenly burst. The hemorrhagic stroke left her unable to compose a simple sentence -- a hard blow for a woman who built a career in book publishing.

    It also robbed her of the ability to speak properly. But not the ability to sing.

    Now 69, Stillman is one of several dozen stroke and brain injury survivors who lift thei...

    Patients with atrial fibrillation usually receive blood thinners to reduce their stroke risk, but these drugs are under-prescribed to Black Americans, a new study reveals.

    When they leave the hospital, Black patients are 25% less likely than whites to be prescribed

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  • Moms deserve a break.

    It's not news that parenting is stressful, but health experts say the pandemic made things worse.

    "Even in the best of circumstances, it's really hard to be a mother," said Natalie Slopen, an assistant professor in the department of social and behavioral sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. Parenting comes with joys as well, but over...

    While a worker cleaned out the septic system at John Cathey's house in Murray, Kentucky, John was down in the crawl space checking the pipes. When it came time to exit, he pushed his legs to scoot out. His left leg wouldn't move.

    His wife, Paula, was cleaning the bathroom. Through a slightly raised window, she thought she heard someone cry out.

    Several minutes later, the worker knoc...

    Federal guidelines geared toward curbing the overprescription of opioids have modestly reduced their use after medical procedures to implant pacemakers and other heart devices, new research shows.

    But researchers say more needs to be done in the face of the nation's continuing opioid crisis.

    "While we have seen some response, we still need to increase awareness and push harder on th...

    Throughout every stage of her life, Tammy Spencer Bey has defined herself as an athlete.

    She played softball from a young age through high school. In college, Tammy was on a flag football team.

    She continued exercising while working full-time, pursuing a master's degree and raising three girls as a single mother.

    When her daughters were older, Tammy could finally do what she'd...

    Many people with heart failure also have diabetes or high blood pressure. But new research suggests those conditions, even when treated, aren't well controlled, placing people at risk for worsening heart problems.

    "We know that controlling hypertension and diabetes is critical for people with heart failure," said Dr. Madeline Sterling, a primary care physician at Weill Cornell Medicine in...

    The toll of child abuse is wide-ranging and long-lasting. Researchers warn that childhood abuse is tied to high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes in adulthood, raising odds for heart disease and stroke.

    In contrast, those who grew up in nurturing homes are less likely to have heart disease risk factors.

    "Our findings demonstrate how the negative and positive experiences we have in chi...

    First, we got advice on staying fit and healthy while working in the office. Then when the pandemic started, we got advice on staying fit and healthy while working from home.

    As the era of hybrid work -- doing the same job in both places -- takes hold, now what?

    There are a lot of health tradeoffs, said Shawn Roll, an occupational therapist and associate professor at the University ...

    Olivia Lopez came home from school one day, walked into her mom's office and announced: "I can't smell."

    It was November 2020, so then-13-year-old Olivia and her mom knew what this likely meant. A test confirmed she had COVID-19.

    In addition to a loss of smell and taste, Olivia dealt with shortness of breath and fatigue.

    Weeks later, the virus was gone but the symptoms remaine...

    The progressive narrowing of the aortic heart valve in a group of older men could not be slowed during a recent clinical trial using vitamin K2 supplements, dampening hopes of finding a medical treatment for this common but serious condition.

    The research, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, built upon earlier studies suggesting vitamin K2 supplements c...

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